Researching Literary Magazines and Contests

If there's anything I know about publishing (besides the fact that I haven't been published yet), it's about researching for literary magazines and contests. Originally, I started off trying to get poetry published when I was the wee age of 12(ish). While I had a very slim (like, -01%) chance of getting published in Poetry magazine, … Continue reading Researching Literary Magazines and Contests

End of a Journey: Finishing a Writing Project

THE END No, this is not the end of the blog post. I am just pointing out that those are the two most satisfying words to write. THE END I just thought I would do it again to feel how good it felt. But as much as I like writing those words, I know (as … Continue reading End of a Journey: Finishing a Writing Project

“Should You Read When You are Writing?”

"Should you read when you are writing?" This is a common writer question. Will reading a book influence your writing and hence forth ruin it? Will you automatically start plagiarizing? WILL THE WORLD END AS WE KNOW IT??? I'm not here today to talk about principles, about the dangers of plagiarizing, or the effect outside … Continue reading “Should You Read When You are Writing?”

“Why” You Write Doesn’t Matter

(I think the title of this post might get people feeling a little bitter. Just hold your horses, OK?) Once upon a time, I was filling out college applications. (It wasn't that long ago but it feels like it was back with the pterodactyls and velociraptors.) One of the most painful parts of this process was writing essays … Continue reading “Why” You Write Doesn’t Matter

Why You Should Write for Yourself.

A famous man once said, "You should write for yourself." Let's start this again... SO THERE'S THIS SAYING, that you should write for yourself.  Like, that sounds pretty selfish right? I mean, the world doesn't revolve around ourselves. So, why should our writing?? It shouldn't, obviously. But this isn't about the why you write, this … Continue reading Why You Should Write for Yourself.

Don’t Let Your Story Disappoint

Way back when, when I was a small pixie sitting on a blue couch in the basement, my sister and I watched Pooh's Great Adventure: the Search for Christopher Robin. This memory was recalled when my sister and I recently sat down on a semi-blueish-butit'sactuallygray couch and watched it again for old time's sake. Nostalgia anyone? … Continue reading Don’t Let Your Story Disappoint

How to Write By the Seat of Your Pants

As a young buck (erm, young writer I mean), I thought outlining was just for scholars, essays, and all that red tape stuff.  Who knew outlining applied to novels as well. Since I discovered outlining was used for novels (and wasn't as boring and tedious as it is for essays), I have started outlining. Some things. … Continue reading How to Write By the Seat of Your Pants

My Thoughts On the Chosen One Trope

I lot of articles have been written on the chosen one trope. Your average Joe is actually a hero, or the one destined to take down the evil overlord, etc. I don't have much to add to the consensus of WRITE CHOSEN ONES BETTER. But there is one thing I have to say, and it all … Continue reading My Thoughts On the Chosen One Trope

Do You Have to Read to Be a Writer?

If there is one universal advice for writers, it would be, "You have to read to be a writer." Is that TRUE? UMM, OBVIOUSLY YES. It's nonsensical to think that you can be a writer without reading a thing in your life. That's illogical. But the real question is - how much do you have to … Continue reading Do You Have to Read to Be a Writer?

5 Ways to Add Spice to a Scene

Is a scene in your novel tasting flavorless? Does it just turn to ash in your mouth? You might need more seasoning or you might be a cursed pirate (in which case, go find some lost Aztec gold). Besides the usual ingredients (salt, pepper, garlic powder), you might find that you need some different spices … Continue reading 5 Ways to Add Spice to a Scene